Halloween is a time to indulge in some of our darker, more sinister tastes - horror movies, scary costumes, ghost stories, and the like. (Also, candy.) But our fascination with the dark side is not limited to October. In his new book Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can't Look Away, Eric G. Wilson digs into our collective psyche to try to figure out why we are drawn to stories about serial killers and horrific crimes. Though his investigation is partly scholarly, he also shares some of his own morbid predilections, adding resonance to his findings. Reading more like a personal journal than an academic treatise, Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck is a brisk and captivating little book that just might help you understand why you love Freddy Krueger so much. (And you know you do.)
Brett @ Central
This is an informative and entertaining read for anyone with a taste for the macabre. Written in short chapters on subjects as varied a public beheadings, serial killers and real life fight clubs, this exploration of our fascination with things grotesque both indulges our morbid curiosity while trying to explain it. Though thought provoking and written with humor, the disturbing material may be off-putting to some.
Mary @ Forest Home